One organization was created in 1999 by three river guides to navigate that challenge.
Project Great Outdoors is a healthy balance of education and adventure: An experience that leaves young people changed for the better. Plying the South Fork of the American River during the summer, with a launch site based at Camp Lotus, volunteers guide young boaters through the challenge of rapids and the adventure of team-building and self-discovery.
Project Go also uses a Challenge Ropes Course to test the boundaries and face fears in a team setting. They learn about nature, conservation and outdoor skills, while also learning more about themselves.
Youth from a variety programs, schools and circumstances travels from throughout Northern Nevada and Northern California to be a part of the Project Go experience.
Volunteer guides and team builders receive extensive training and keep returning each year to share their passion for the outdoors and skills that have been acquired through their life experiences.
This synergy has helped Project Go experience double-digit growth in the people and programs who become part of the Project Go experience.
Grants, program fees, government funding and scholarships cover a majority of the costs These are supplemented by direct contributions and fund raising events like Backwash Reno, an annual home brewers tasting and competition.
To learn more about Project Great outdoors, click here: http://www.projectgo.org/